I’ve been looking at this thread long enough and feel compelled
to ask a question I’ve been holding onto because I thought I must
be missing something here. Maybe I am still missing something,
but I’m now ready to play the fool.
As a designer/manufacturer/tool freak extraordinaire, I’m always
on the lookout for anything to help produce my designs better and
faster. I haven’t spared any expense yet for this quest (my poor
wife), but on the issue of CAD, it seems totally overated and the
only place I can see its usefulness in the jewelry industry
(unless one must have every single tool for even the slightest
gain) is in the hands of knock-off manufacturers who either take
the hottest selling item in the major department stores and scan
it and make the 15% difference to avoid copyright infringement or
those who have a special relationship to computers who feel freer
in cyberspace than with pencil to paper.
Jewelry design and manufacture is not rocket science, and it
isn’t even close to the auto industry unless one is basing their
comparison on the fact that both are made in metal (My arrogance
and blissful ignorance is starting to flow unimpeded by my former
temperance now that I’m in deep water and feel the imminent
shark attack). And if we’re going to compare automobiles and
jewelry, then let’s look at automobiles preached and postcard. I
don’t know about anyone else, but I’ll take a preached Truant over
a postcard Chevrolet design-wise any day. When was the last time
you looked at a modern car and drooled like we do for the old
T-Bird or any other oldie?
For me, “Good Design” is good design, period. No amount of
technical wizardry is going to make up for lack of design
aesthetic. When I thought I could be the Big Rock Star, I bought
all the latest technology and spent all my time and money, and 10
years later, I realized if it didn’t sound good on acoustic
guitar and raw vocals, no amount of fluff technology was going to
make it sound better. A bad written song is a bad written song.
And music is like any form of art. It’s created in the mind. And
yes, tools are helpful – like a spoon is helpful to get the soup
into your mouth (but I’d rather eat good soup with no spoon than
shovel in the c**p that is being fed to the masses via
corporations bent on profit margins. Let’s all go have our Van
Gough posters framed in gilt platinum).
And when it comes to making a model, I feel confident enough to
say that I can beat any CAD/CAM program when it comes to speed for
designing and making models of my work, not even knowing a thing
about CAD/CAM. I challenge any program to beat me to the finished
model from design to model in hand.
So here’s my question: Can someone please tell me how CAD is
going to revolutionize the Jewelry Industry, other than the
aforementioned mass manufacturers or the diligent salesperson
trying to hook the customer with a neat 3-D image of that dazzling
engagement ring (which probably looks just like the engagement
ring sitting in every other jewelry store window) that was custom
made for her?
My hairs on fire, Gotta get some water, Peter Slone